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Northampton Police Department seeking eight new officers

The Northampton Police Department is looking to fill at least eight positions in its ranks, according to Capt. Scott A. Savino.

An officer entrance exam is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m. but Savino said the department is also interested in candidates who have already graduated from a police academy or are already serving with another department and considering a change.

Savino said for those without prior police training, the entrance exam is the first step in the application process.

Those who achieve a qualifying score on the test will then be subjected to an “extensive” background investigation and medical, psychological and physical abilities exams. New officers must then complete a 15-week field training program and finish a one-year probationary period, according to the department.

Those without prior law enforcement experience or who have not already graduated from a police academy must have either an associate’s degree or 60 college credits toward a bachelor’s degree, Savino said.

Applicants must also be 21 years old at the time of appointment but be younger than 35, according to information from the department.

Savino said people whose degrees aren’t necessarily in law enforcement or criminal justice but who are interested in police work should still apply.

Because of the various types of cases the department handles, he said, degrees in areas like sociology, accounting and computer science are all valuable and can be applied to police work.

There is a $50 application fee to take the exam, Savino said, and full details about the job requirements and exam, including links to study guides, are available from the department’s website.

Savino said those who take the exam and successfully complete the application process should expect to be on the job by next summer.

For more information contact Savino at 413-587-1112 or ssavino@northamptonma.gov.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.

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